(from Have a Good Laugh #7)
External Menace first came to my attention about a year ago at a
"Beat the System" gig and Dingwalls. Since then, they've appeared on
"Wet Dreams" compilation with "Stormtrooper" and arrived at a new line-up
of Sneddy (vocals/guitar), Sanz (bass), and Drew (drums).
HAGL: What do you think of the current punk scene?
Sneddy: Everybody in the van is asking if there is one. Well, I like DOA and very few others.
HAGL: What are your favorite bands?
Sneddy: My favourite bands are Ramones, Clash, and Dead Boys
HAGL: What would you say is your best song?
Sneddy: Best song just now is "On a Mission" although we like all of them.
HAGL: What do you think of fanzines?
Sneddy: I think fanzines are a great way for the punk movement to communicate.
HAGL: Were you pleased with the 2 EPs, saleswise?
Sneddy: We are really pleased with the 2 EPs saleswise, cos we got letters from all over Britain and Europe. I suppose if "Beat the System" gave us more publicity, they would have sold more.
HAGL: How did you get the record deal with 'Beat the System'?
Sneddy: Our mate Bill Grupy took a couple of our tapes round to Barry Lights
and he signed us up.
HAGL: Why did the band leave B.T.S.?
Sneddy: We left Beat the System because Barry Lights ripped us off and he fucked off to Canada.
HAGL: How many gigs have you done, and what was the best?
Sneddy: Since the band formed in 1978, we have done roughly 100 gigs. The best were at Blackpool Tavern with the Fits, and Glasgow with the Test Tube Babies.
HAGL: What do you think of bands like Crass, Flux, Dirt, etc?
Sneddy: I think Crass, Flux, and Dirt are all good at what they are doing.
HAGL: Did you like the Newcastle gig, and would you play there again?
Sneddy: The Newcastle gig was great, and we will be playing there when we go on tour at the summer (if we can find a place to play).
HAGL: Do you find it hard to get gigs?
Sneddy: It's awkward getting decent gigs, as we ain't got a manager. The gigs we get always come in batches.
HAGL: Who writes the bands music?
Sneddy: Sneddy writes all the bands music.
HAGL: Anything you would like to say?
Sneddy: Thanx to everyone who bought our records, and come to see us. Our next single will be the best, yet.
EXTERNAL MENACE "NO VIEWS" 7" EP
EXTERNAL MENACE "YOUTH OF TODAY" 7" EP
V/A "TOTAL ANARCHY" LP